Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Office Launches Electronic Warrant System in the 46th Judicial Circuit and in Gallatin County
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that his office has completed implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 46th Judicial Circuit (Breckenridge, Grayson and Meade counties) and a portion of the 54th Judicial Circuit (Gallatin County). This brings to 40 the number of counties that have received the eWarrant system under a $3.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant awarded to the Office of the Attorney General in 2009. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security funded implementation of eWarrants in Boone County, also in the 54th Judicial Circuit.
Working with local officials in the 46th Judicial Circuit and Gallatin County, the Office of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Open Portal Solutions, Inc., provided training and support for the new system. The first roll-out under the grant was Oct. 26th in the 53rd Judicial Circuit, comprised of Anderson, Shelby and Spencer counties.
"With today’s eWarrants rollout, more than 2.2 million, or approximately 53%, of Kentuckians now live in counties with eWarrants,” General Conway said. “I appreciate the continued support from our partners, as well as local officials and law enforcement as we seek to implement eWarrants in 100 rural counties by year’s end.”
The eWarrant system facilitates the sharing of information among all law enforcement concerning active warrants in jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth. It replaces the manual protocols for processing warrant information with an electronic method for making warrants available via the Law Enforcement Information Network of Kentucky (LINK), the system administered by Kentucky State Police and used by law enforcement to transmit and retrieve information on active warrants.
Service rates for warrants rise from as low as 10% under the old system to roughly 50% immediately after implementation of eWarrants, and as high as 80% in the long-term. There are nearly 380,000 warrants currently in the eWarrants database.
“My staff and I are very excited to have eWarrants,” said Gallatin County Attorney John Wright. “The system will streamline our efforts and make everything more efficient, particularly in the case of child support warrants. eWarrants will help ensure that warrants don’t slip through the cracks.”
Kentucky's eWarrant system began as a pilot project in 2005 to address a backlog of nearly 300,000 un-served warrants in the state. A backlog in the service of warrants, or a misplaced or lost warrant, could allow a person charged with a violent crime to evade arrest and continue to victimize Kentucky citizens.
The ARRA grant, which provided funding for implementation and training in the 46th Judicial Circuit and Gallatin County, was awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance under the category of Facilitating Rural Justice Information Sharing. Under this category, the Bureau of Justice Assistance makes awards to help law enforcement in rural areas to improve the criminal justice system by aiding communities in combating crime and drugs.
The eWarrant program is being offered to Kentucky’s rural counties at no cost to local communities. In addition to modernizing law enforcement infrastructure, the ARRA grant has created 16 jobs for citizens of the Commonwealth. Individuals may obtain more information about eWarrants by filling out the eWarrant contact form on the Attorney’s General’s website, at http://ag.ky.gov/ewarrants
* This project was supported by award No. 2009-SD-B9-0067, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.